Vision and Learning

Learning new material involves a myriad of visual skills.  A child’s two individual eyes must work together as a perfect team to master the 17 visual skills.

Symptoms of visual disorders include:

  • Skips lines, rereads lines

  • Trouble concentrating while reading

  • Trouble with reading comprehension

  • Dislike of reading in general

  • Short Attention Span with reading and schoolwork

  • Fatigue while reading

  • Homework takes much longer than it should

  • Reverses letter like “b” into “d”

  • Double vision

  • Acting out at school or at home​

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The 2 Main Categories of Learning-Related Vision Disorders

Binocular Vision

difficulty keeping the individual eyes working together as a team.

Visual Information Processing

difficulty processing and understanding the information that is seen by the eyes. 

Unfortunately, glasses often do not resolve these issues.  Because these are problems with how the brain is coordinating the two eyes together and processing the visual information, a patient 

A Brain Problem, NOT an Eye Problem.

People often mistake 20/20 vision for "perfect vision", but 20/20 only means that the image is seen clearly through one eye at a time at the moment that the test is taken.  While it is important to have a visual system that is capable of seeing clearly, seeing 20/20 is only 1 of the 17 visual skills that are needed to survive and thrive in school and in our daily activities. 

How is 20/20 vision not enough?

If you imagine that each eye is a camera that must constantly be adjusting its focus on objects that are close up and far away, then think of the brain as the computer system having a laundry list of tasks like:

  • the control system for

    • each eye's movement and aim

    • each eye's focus

    • coordinating the two eyes to move together as a team

    • coordinating the two eyes to focus on the same thing

    • coordinating our vestibular system with our visual system

    • coordinating our body and limbs with our visual system

  • the processing system

    • to put the two images from our eyes together

    • to coordinate our memory with what we are seeing​

    • to complete an image if we only see part of it (important in reading)

    • to recognize details and differences in images

  • and many more

Seeing all that the brain has to do to truly give us perfect vision, it's easy to now understand how someone can have a problem with their vision even if they are capable of seeing 20/20 for the brief moment that they take that test. Below, you can read further about the 17 Visual Skills and the many processing skills that come together to build our visual ability.  

Your Vision Requires More Than Just 20/20

Seeing 20/20 is only one of the 17 visual skills needed to function in our everyday environments.

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While the eyes are cameras, the brain is the computer taking in the information, editing it, creating our 3D world, and controlling our eyes and body based on what it calculates.  20/20 is hardly the beginning.

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Binocular to Vision-Related Learning Conditions

With a deeply complex Visual Processing System, many things can go wrong leading to a long list of symptoms and possible vision conditions to treat.

From congenital conditions that patients are born with to disorders acquired from strokes, concussions, and other traumatic brain injuries, your visual system is incorporated with virtually every part of your brain.  This means that symptoms from vision disorders can involve more than just visual disturbances and have cause problems with balance, coordination, learning, reading comprehension and efficiency, and so much more.

Clinically Proven & The Gold Standard For Several Vision Disorders

Non-invasive with no surgery and no medications.  Vision Therapy treats the entire visual system. 

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Treating more than just the cosmetics of an eye turn ("lazy eye") and working to treat the true root of the problem, Vision Therapy is truly the most effective and efficient treatment for various vision conditions.